Regulated fluid dispensing system packaging
A packaging container is used to package a regulated fluid dispensing system including a regulated fluid dispensing device and a beverage container. The packaging includes carry handles, and a perforation pattern that allows a front panel of the packaging container to be removed thus exposing working parts of the dispensing device. The dispensing system may remain housed within the packaging during use that assists in stabilizing and protecting the dispensing system.
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The present invention relates to packaging for products, and more particularly, to a packaging container for a regulated fluid dispensing system wherein the packaging container is configured to expose a portion of the dispensing system during use.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Paper or cardboard packaging for products remains a common way in which to protect products during shipment and storage. There is an extremely diverse number of packaging designs for products in different industries.
For beverages such as soda or malt beverages, many different packaging designs are available to store and ship such products, as well as to present them for display at retail locations. For larger bulk containers of beverages, such as kegs of beer, because of their size and the nature of the kegs, it is usually unnecessary to provide separate packaging. However, more recently, beverage containers have been developed that are larger than traditional beverage containers, but smaller than containers such as beer kegs. More specifically, in the malt beverage industry, intermediate sized containers have been used to dispense multiple servings of a beverage, such as six liters, therefore eliminating the need for separate single serving containers. These intermediate sized containers may include an integral source of pressurized gas so that the beverages within the containers may be kept at a desired pressure to prevent loss of carbonization.
One example of a regulated fluid dispensing system including the aforementioned intermediate sized container is disclosed in Applicant's co-pending patent application Ser. No. 12/123,262 filed on May 19, 2008, entitled “Regulated Fluid Dispensing Device and Method of Dispensing a Carbonated Beverage”, the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. In this fluid dispensing system, a container is provided that is connected to a pressurized source of gas, and an integral regulator maintains the beverage within the container at a desired pressure. The beverage container may have a cylindrical sidewall. For dispensing a beverage, the beverage container is placed on its side such that the cylindrical sidewall touches the surface upon which the system is mounted.
While traditional packaging may be adequate for standard beverage containers, there is a need to provide special packaging for a regulated fluid dispensing system having an attached container. More specifically, this system requires packaging to store the system, to protect it during shipment, as well as to allow the system to remain within the packaging during use that facilitates dispensing of the beverage when the beverage container is placed on its side.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
In accordance with the present invention, a packaging container or carton is provided that is especially adapted for housing a fluid dispensing system wherein the packaging container can be used to ship and store the system, as well as to allow the system to remain protected within the packaging during use. As discussed in more detail below, the packaging container includes a front panel that may be completely removed, thereby exposing the dispensing tap of the fluid dispensing system. The fluid dispensing system including the attached beverage container can remain within the packaging container, thereby providing a stable support for the beverage container such that it does not have a tendency to roll or shift during use. Breakaway flaps are also formed on upper and lower panels of the packaging container, which further assist the user in accessing the working parts of the dispensing system. More specifically, the breakaway flap on the top panel eases access to the tap handle, while the breakaway flap on the bottom or lower panel eases access to the removable cartridge housing which holds a cartridge containing a pressurized gas. Carry handles are also incorporated on the packaging, which enables a user to easily grasp the packaging for movement or transport of the fluid dispensing system.
In one aspect of the invention, it may be considered a packaging container. In another aspect of the invention, it may be considered a combination of a packaging device along with a regulated fluid dispensing system. Various other features and advantages will become apparent from a review of the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the drawings.
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By the foregoing, packaging is provided for a regulated fluid dispensing device and beverage container wherein the packaging conveniently allows for transport and storage, as well as use of the dispensing device without having to remove the dispensing device from within the packaging. The removable front panel enables access to the interior of the packaging, and to the various working parts of the dispensing device without destroying the basic integrity of the packaging.
Although the foregoing invention has been disclosed with respect to preferred embodiments, it shall be understood that various other changes and modifications can be made commensurate with the scope of the claims appended hereto.
1. In combination, a packaging container and a fluid dispensing system, comprising:
- (i) a container comprising: a plurality of panels including opposing side panels, a bottom panel, and a top panel, said plurality of panels enclosing an interior open space; a plurality of rear closing flaps for closing a rear end of said container; a plurality of front closing flaps for closing a front end of said container; said top panel includes a top breakaway flap formed on a front portion thereof and defined by a top breakaway perforation line communicating with said front closing flaps, said bottom panel including a bottom breakaway flap formed thereon, and defined by a bottom breakaway perforation line;
- (ii) a fluid dispensing system housed in said interior open space, said fluid dispensing system including a beverage container and a regulated fluid dispensing device attached thereto, said fluid dispensing device residing at a front portion of said interior open space, said dispensing device including a regulator housing, a regulator, a tap handle, a connection housing extending angularly from said regulator housing, and a cartridge housing that contains a single cartridge providing a source of pressurized gas controlled by the regulator to selectively pressurize an interior of the beverage container; and
- (iii) a partition extending across said interior open space and adjacent a front portion of said interior open space, said beverage container residing on one side of said partition and said fluid dispensing system residing on the other side of said partition and exposed when removing the front end of the container.
2. In combination, a packaging container and a fluid dispensing system, comprising:
- a container comprising a plurality of panels including opposing side panels, opposing bottom and top panels, said plurality of panels forming a container enclosing an interior open space, and a plurality of front and rear closing flaps for closing corresponding rear and front ends of the container;
- a fluid dispensing system housed in the interior open space, the fluid dispensing system including a beverage container having a regulated fluid dispensing device attached thereto, said dispensing device including a regulator, a regulator housing, a tap handle, a connection housing extending away from said regulator housing, and a cartridge housing that contains a single cartridge providing a source of pressurized gas controlled by the regulator to selectively pressurize an interior of the beverage container; and wherein said container further includes opposing breakaway flaps formed on said top and bottom panels, said breakaway flaps each including corresponding breakaway perforation lines such that when said perforation lines are broken, said front end of said container can be removed, thereby exposing the regulated fluid dispensing device.
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International Classification: B65D 17/28 (20060101); B67D 7/72 (20100101);